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I have tile question, im getting ready to tile my basement

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I have tile question
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: im getting ready to tile my basement floor. And I need to put down some kind of primer first so that the thin set mortar will adhere properly...
JA: Have you talked to a construction professional about the floor?
Customer: I actually have... And I think the recommendation that I got isn't quite right i need a tile expert
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: I've got a friend or two helping... It's a huge job thoufh
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: The house was built in 1950 and the basement currently has a concrete floor
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  ApplianceTech replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  ApplianceTech replied 9 months ago.

here is a link to the product you should use on the floor prior to laying your tile

click here

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The recommendation from the tile shop here locally was for mapei aqua defense... Which is crazy expensive and seems like it's intended use is for shower walls not large areas. I'm just prepping the concrete for thinset and then ditra. Is the Eco grip time sensitive? The job is approximately 1000 sq ft.
I should also mention that we recently replaced the sewer line and the concrete is patched. It's been 60 days or so and we haven't seen any moisture or others irregularities appear in the new concrete- or in the junction between the two.
The old concrete was tiled at some point but a previous owner removed the tile. It was the old asbestos tile and the mastic may have contained trace amounts as well. I'm just trying to get that floor. Covered up and want to use the ditra in case of any movement in the slab.
Expert:  ApplianceTech replied 9 months ago.

I recommended ECO based on your original question and I thought that you had a basic small job. If seems to me that you are contemplating moisture if you are going to use DITRA. I would place some plastic and duct tape down on your fresh cement to confirm you have no moisture. 1000 ft is a job you don"t want to come back to because of getting cheap on a install step. Usually the better a product performs, the more it costs. I am going to link a copy of Mapei's tile catalog and I would suggest that you give their customer technical support number a call and tell the specialist what you have.

The number is 1-***-***-****

Look over the different products so you can discuss it with the technician.

click here for catalog.